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  "'Growth' and 'progress' are among the key words in our national vocabulary. But modern man now carries Strontium 90 in his bones ... DDT in his fat, asbestos in his lungs. A little more of this 'progress' and 'growth,' and this man will be dead." — Morris K. "Mo" Udall

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The scenery, flowers and birds, coupled with your wealth of knowledge, really made for a super few days. It was so nice spending time taking it all in, without the need to rush to the next destination. The dynamics of the friendly group merely added to the enjoyment. The week went all too quickly so, who knows, I may return for more! Do thank Ceri for the lovely sandwiches and the chickens for the eggs!

- Maureen N, UK.


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Walking blog: The philosophy of walking

Autumn revisited and welcome

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Autumn is making its pronouncements that we are in the final throws of growth and vibrancy and entering the time of decay, death and reinvention.

Intensity: Wind: Light: Waves: The perfection of an insects’ final dance: Natures last throw of the dice: Birds knowledgeable, warbling their mournful autumnal tunes. Blink and you miss the subtlety of change.

If you are tuned in to natures warning then sit back and enjoy the intensity. Crashing waves, mists hugging hills,  ripples in the warm wind fast forwarding concentric circles in their restricted rock pools.

Blink and you will miss the signposts of autumn on the coast. Step wisely over the reds, browns, greens and yellows of leaves hiding the path and move slowly along the coast path taking it all in. Remember it will be months before we can take new exhilarating steps celebrating the advent of spring colours and mother natures renewed energy.

We ride our luck with the weather and manage to find the places that catch the last days of Cornwall’s duet with nature. In a matter of days most of the flowers have turned to mourning with the exception of a few standard bearers for their species, wearing natures death tuxedo of the panoply of brown shades.

We search for colour and it is there. In brooding blue, no more aquamarine in the sea: in fading and tattered butterfly wings whilst vivid and electrifying in berries and lichen. One must be physically aware of the delicate spin of webs that adorn rocks, bushes and across paths: the casts of lugworms and the few last calls of birdsong that have thinned out to the native and local trills searching vainly for the migrants songs.

Welcome autumn. Thank you for your pronouncement and final flourish.

Just want to add that this is the first blog under the sponsorship of Hawkshead in Falmouth. Great team for all the outdoor requirements from clothes and boots to first aid kits and poles. So happy to be a part of their team.